The 2022 Guide to Halloween Events NYC

Thinking about celebrating Halloween in NYC this year? It’s time to stop thinking and start planning because an NYC Halloween is one of the silliest and spookiest events of the year.

Looking for the best events on Halloween in NYC? Spending Halloween weekend in New York City? You’re in the right place! Halloween in NYC is a blast. From family-friendly Halloween concerts to haunted houses and one of the most famous Halloween parades in the country, there are endless ways to get dressed up, get scared, and get candy.

This year, Halloween is on Monday, October 31st, 2022. For both kids and adults, that means a weekend full of events!

Awesome Halloween Events In NYC

If you’re going to be in New York City for Halloween weekend, read on for some of the best events, parades, haunted houses, and historical tours to celebrate this spooky holiday. Some Halloween in NYC events even start as early as the Friday and Saturday before the big night.

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    Village Halloween Parade

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    The 49th annual Village Halloween Parade is happening! One of the most creative Halloween parties in NYC, this historic parade also happens to be one of the world’s largest Halloween parades.

    Started in 1974 by puppeteer and mask maker Ralph Lee, the Village Halloween Parade features large puppets, dozens of marching bands, and the chance for everyone interested to come along and participate.

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    Boo At The Zoo

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    The Bronx Zoo’s annual family-friendly Halloween tradition is back again. Dress up (maybe as your favorite animal) and come on down to the zoo to enjoy the seasonal festivities.

    Activities from recent Boo at the Zoos have included magic & mind reading, pumpkin carving demonstrations, a candy trail, a costume parade, Halloween crafts, an extinct animal graveyard, the Wildlife Witch’s Super Scary Halloween Show, and trick or truth.

    This event takes place every Saturday and Sunday in October, including Saturday, October 29th and Sunday, October 30th. To reserve your tickets, visit the Bronx Zoo’s official website.

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    See The Enchanting Pumpkin Flotilla at Central Park

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    No, these pumpkins aren’t ghosts! They’re just a part of the historic Pumpkin Flotilla, one of many events happening on and around Halloween weekend at Central Park.

    In addition to crafts, entertainment, and a trick-or-treat scavenger hunt, you can watch a whole flotilla of pumpkins float across the Harlem Meer at twilight. This annual event truly is a must-see for kids of all ages.

    For the latest information on the event, including the timing for the Pumpkin Flotilla, head to Central Park’s official website.

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    Kids Halloween Concert

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    If you’re looking for a kid-friendly show to take the kids to on Halloween weekend in NYC, this Mozart for Munchkins Kids Halloween Concert is a delightful option.

    Themed for the holidays, this event features world-class musicians playing through both a classical repertoire with some more modern tunes mixed in. This relaxed, engaging environment also allows kids to wander, sing, and dance along to the music, so be sure to get them dressed up so they can enjoy the event to the fullest!

    To get your tickets for the event, head to the official event page for the Kids Halloween Concert.

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    Kick Off Halloween Weekend With A Party

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    In the mood for the biggest Halloween costume party in NYC? Then it’s time to get your gals and ghouls together for Monster Ball ‘22 – A Nightmare on 48th Street. This annual party takes place over multiple nights on Halloween weekend as 10,000 costumed individuals come together for one wild evening.

    This 21-and-over event is a terrifyingly fun combination of Halloween horrors and a good old-fashioned party. Do you have what it takes to win Best Costume? Keep up-to-date on the official event for Nightmare on 48th Street on its page here 👇

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    Come To Dumboween’s March To The Arch

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    Looking for somewhere to celebrate Halloween in Brooklyn? Then come enjoy crafts, costume contests, live music, and candy as a part of the Dumboween March to the Arch. This Brooklyn Halloween parade starts on Washington Street and heads through DUMBO and Brooklyn Bridge Park before ending up at the Dumbo Archway.

    There, the Dumbo Archway Kids Party and the Neighborhood Trick or Treat will take place as kids (and kids of all ages) can enjoy a number of Halloween activities.

    Attention: This halloween event in NYC hasn’t been officially announced, yet.

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    Go Pumpkin Picking At Decker Farm

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    For one of the most traditional Halloween NYC activities, head out to Decker Farm in Historic Richmond Town, Staten Island. 

    Each year, Decker Farm does the Halloween season right with plenty of family-friendly activities. On October weekends, the farm offers hay rides, a corn maze, arts and crafts, face painting, and pumpkin picking. And at just a ferry ride away from Manhattan, adding this NYC Halloween stop is easy. 

    Pumpkin picking at Decker farm starts October 1st and goes through October 30th, 2022. Find out more information at the official site for Historic Richmond Town.

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    Stop By The Spooky Fest

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    For a family-friendly good time that has varying levels of scares, see what’s lurking in the woods at the Center for Science, Teaching, and Learning’s Spooky Fest.

    This all-ages event features both scary and non-scary attractions so everyone can enjoy. From the scarier Haunted Woods and a Maze of Horror to the calmer Enchanted Forest Walk and Kids Arts and Craft Area, there’s plenty of fun to be had.

    The Spooky Fest traditionally happens on both Saturdays and Sundays throughout the month of October. Find out more about the CSTL’s Spooky Fest and reserve your tickets at their official website.

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    849 Halloween Ball

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    The annual 849 Halloween Ball is a wonderfully weird celebration of iconic artist Edward Gorey. Known for his dreadful, creepy, eerie drawings, this event makes that art immersive.

    Filled with loving details and scary touches, the 849 Halloween Ball takes place at an Edwardian home in Manhattan. The evening is filled with musical and artistic performances – and this 21+ event also features an open bar. 

    For more details on the 849 Halloween Ball, check the official Gorey 849 page.

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    Try pumpkin ice cream at the Museum of Ice Cream

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    Throughout the month of October, Museum of Ice Cream has been adding autumnal flavors to their menu. Now they have Pumpkin soft serve ice cream and Haunted Cotton Candy! If you bought your ticket to the museum, you’ll be able to eat unlimited of these. Super cool museum!

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    Get Your Scare On At Blood Manor

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    Think you have what it takes to make it through Blood Manor? This first-class haunted house features 10,000 square feet of themed rooms, a labyrinth, and more in a creepy, scream-inducing atmosphere. Not recommended for children under 14, this attraction even has emergency exits for those who feel too scared.

    Located in NYC’s Tribeca District, Blood Manor is a conveniently located haunted house that’s sure to make your NYC Halloween a memorable one.

    Attention: This halloween event in NYC hasn’t been officially announced, yet.

Frequently Asked Questions About Halloween Events in New York

Is NYC having a Halloween Parade in 2022?

Yes, the Village Halloween Parade will be taking place on Monday, October 31st, 2022. It begins at 7pm.

What is the weather like in New York for Halloween?

Halloween weather in New York usually finds the city a bit cooler. Temperatures average a high of 64F (18 C) during the day and a low of 50F (10 C) during the night.

While it’s still advisable to check the weather before your arrival for Halloween weekend in NYC, it is normally pleasant to spend time outside.

Is it possible to trick-or-treat in NYC on Halloween?

Yes! If you are traveling with little ones and you would like to experience trick or treating in the Big Apple, you can. One of the best ways to do that is look up the park nearby where you’re staying at the NYCGovParks website to see what Halloween events they are hosting.

Another possibility is to search “trick or treat” and the neighborhood you’re staying in to see family-friendly neighborhoods or zones.

About the author
Steffen

I'm a true New York fan! Not only have I visited the city over 20 times but also have I spent several months here at a time. On my blog I show you the best and most beautiful spots of the city, so that you have a really good time! You can also find lots of insider tips in our New York travel guide. Also check out my hotel finder for New York!

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